Category Archives: Arizona Budget

The Arizona Legislative Lunacy Report: Spring 2015 Edition — Podcast April 30, 2015

The March of Ideology and Incompetence Continues in Phoenix: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster take a detailed look at the Arizona Republic’s recently published docket of bills pending in the Legislature. Listen as our intrepid analysts subject the moderately acceptable, the irredeemably awful, and the crazy ugly to the test … Continue reading

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The Confederate State of Arizona — Podcast March 16, 2015

The Payback for Dark Money in Arizona: More Corporate Tax Cuts, Continued Defunding of Public Education, and Yahoo! a Secessionist Republican Legislature. Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson dissect the results of the 2014 election in Arizona: a seemingly endless stream of bills from both houses of … Continue reading

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Barbara Litrell and Judy Maloney Interview — Podcast November 17, 2014

The Verde Valley Mental Health Coalition: Community Involvement Makes a Difference. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster welcome Barbara Litrell and Judy Maloney, members of the steering committee of the Verde Valley Mental Health Coalition, for a discussion of the mental health … Continue reading

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Tom O’Halleran Interview — Podcast October 27, 2014

Government Works Best When We Work Together: Tom O’Halleran, Independent candidate for Arizona State Senate, Legislative District 6. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Tom O’Halleran to the show for a discussion of his candidacy for the Arizona State Senate from District … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Public Education, Arizona Edition — Podcast March 24, 2014

You Get What You Pay For: the Consequences of Underfunding Public Education in Arizona. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, are joined by DP producer Gary LaMaster, for an update on the Yavapai College controversy, and a discussion of the … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Child Protective Services: Is There Any Hope? — Podcast January 20, 2014

Child Protective Services in Arizona: Underfunding, Overwork, and the Governor’s Promise of Reform. Democratic Perspective‘s Mike Cosentino and  Steve Williamson discuss the history of ineffective government support for the victims of child abuse and neglect in Arizona, and Governor Brewer’s recently signed … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Child Protection Crisis.

January 20, 2014, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino reflected on the failures of Arizona Child Protective Services (CPS) and Governor Brewer’s decision to create a new cabinet-level division that will report directly to the governor’s office. The … Continue reading

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Giving Our Kids A Chance: The Verde Valley School Budget Override Elections — Podcast September 23, 2013

The Least We Can Do: The Verde Valley School Maintenance and Operation Budget Override Elections. Every Arizona voter knows, or should know, that increasingly savage budget cutting by our State Legislature has impoverished our school system, and put the future … Continue reading

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ALEC and the Right-Wing Assault on Arizona — Podcast March 25, 2013

ALEC and the Right-Wing Assault on Arizona. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson discuss the impact of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on Arizona politics with Harriet Young, Northern Arizona University professor and past First Vice Chairwoman of the … Continue reading

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Budget Sequestration and Our Dysfunctional Congress — Podcast March 4, 2013

How Dumb Can Congress Get? The Dismal Facts About Budget Sequestration:  Gary LaMaster joins Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson to discuss the current federal budget sequester. What it is, why and how it happened, and its effects, none of them … Continue reading

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